Tech plan sav­ing lives in Hawkes Bay

New Zealand Logger - - Woodflow 2018 -

WHEN PAN PAC ASKED CCS LO­GIS­TICS to co­or­di­nate and con­sol­i­date the work of its var­i­ous trans­port con­trac­tors in the Hawkes Bay, no one thought at the time it would save lives.

But that’s just one im­pres­sive re­sult from the project.

Corinne Wat­son, Gen­eral Man­ager of CCS Lo­gis­tics, told the Wood­flow 2018 con­fer­ence in Ro­torua last month an es­ti­mated four fa­tal­i­ties have been avoided in third-party/ not-at-fault crashes.

Yes, it’s a sta­tis­ti­cal cal­cu­la­tion, but it is based on im­prove­ments seen among the 135 driv­ers, es­pe­cially in low­er­ing their speeds, since the project be­gan in 2015.

Prior to the project, the 35 com­pa­nies con­tract­ing trans­port to Pan Pac used four dif­fer­ent GPS sys­tems and the aim was to get all the in­for­ma­tion on track­ing each of their trucks to be brought into a sin­gle sys­tem. That way, the move­ment of log trucks be­tween the for­est, Pan Pac’s log yard north of Napier and the lo­cal port could be bet­ter man­aged to make it more ef­fi­cient. Also, Health & Safety could be proac­tively man­aged.

The driver for the project was a prediction that wood flows out of the forests in the Hawkes Bay will in­crease 50% by 2025.

“Pan Pac wanted the 50% in­crease in vol­umes but with­out a 50% in­crease in headaches,” says Ms Wat­son.

Pan Pac was hop­ing that the project would al­low that extra vol­ume to be carted with­out a lin­ear in­crease in the size of the fleet, which stood at 79 trucks in 2015.

Ms Wat­son says the key was get­ting buy-in from all the driv­ers, as well as the trans­port con­trac­tors, ie they had to see ben­e­fits them­selves for it work.

Fleet scores were kept, up to 10-out-10 across a range of met­rics, from keep­ing within speed lim­its to en­sur­ing proper driver be­hav­iour that is mon­i­tored via cab cams by the trans­port con­trac­tors, man­ag­ing fa­tigue and wear­ing seat­belts. When the project be­gan, the av­er­age score was 4-out-of-10 but this has now risen to 7-out-of-10.

Other re­sults are a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in ‘at-fault’ crashes, driv­ers vol­un­teer­ing video of their mis­takes to help oth­ers, last­ing changes in driver habits, a 33% re­duc­tion in in­surance claims, plus that all-im­por­tant es­ti­mated sav­ing of four lives on the road.

Thanks to video footage of in­ci­dents that do oc­cur, thou­sands of hours of man­age­ment time is saved in­ves­ti­gat­ing them.

Pro­duc­tiv­ity has in­creased per truck and wait­ing times at var­i­ous pinch-points are be­ing ad­dressed, but Ms Wat­son says fur­ther work is needed to lift this side of the ledger.

NZL

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